Leading the college completion movement.
Complete College America
has built an Alliance of States taking bold actions to significantly increase the number of students successfully completing college. That means achieving degrees and credentials with value in the labor market and closing attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.
Alliance Members

For more information on joining the Alliance of States, contact us

To join the Complete College America Alliance of States, a state’s governor – in partnership with its colleges and universities – pledges to make college completion a top priority and commits to the following three actions:

1. Set Completion Goals

Statewide goals enable stakeholders to focus time and resources on a common effort, encouraging all to use the same yardstick to evaluate progress and celebrate success.

  • Establish annual state and campus-specific degree and credential completion goals through 2020.

2. Collect and Report Common Measures of Progress

Use consistent data and progression measures to create a culture that values completion. This includes:

  • Using the Complete College America/National Governors Association Common College Completion Metrics to publicly and annually report data measuring student progress and success.
  • Disaggregating data by level and type of degree/credential, age, race, and income.

3. Develop Action Plans and Move Key Policy Levers

Develop and implement aggressive state and campus-level action plans for meeting the state”s college completion goals, including use of the Complete College America Game Changers:

  • Provide remediation as a corequisite, not a prerequisite. Enrollment in gateway college-level courses should be the default placement for many more students.
  • Increase the number of students completing their degrees on-time through greater intensity and credit accumulation.
  • Utilize block scheduling to help working students balance jobs and school, adding predictability to their busy lives.
  • Develop Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) for students to achieve degrees through highly structured academic plans.
  • Align financial investments in higher education to outcomes, not just enrollment. Use performance-based funding and financial aid policies to create the conditions for successful reform and incentivize student progression and success.
Members of the Alliance of States
  • Arkansas
  • Central Valley (CA) Higher Education Consortium
  • Colorado
  • Commonwealth of the
    Northern Mariana Islands
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming